Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin
Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters following a session of the State Senate at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
March 9th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the "Budget Repair" bill.

"Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.

Senators were able to move ahead by voting only on the non-financial aspects of Walker's proposed bill, which requires fewer members for a quorum. But the move drew howls of outrage from outside the chamber, where pro-union demonstrators chanted "Shame, shame," as the bill passed.

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- CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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  1. Stef

    As born and raised Wisconsinite, I officially announce the end of a progressive and forward Wisconsin... Shame, Walker, shame.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed Bourelly

    Now we all see that they are liars. It was all about the non-fiscal part of the bill to strip union rights.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. smith

    Solid work you republican moron. You have guaranteed a democratic win for your state! Greed will never win. Grow a brain you small-minded fools, your Gov. Is owned by one of the richest men (Koch) in America.
    Morons, the whole lot of you!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 4commonsense

    Well folks this is what you get for listening to lies and smoke screen from Republicans. For all those naysayers who don't believe me.... you might think otherwise many years down the road when you are a senior and realize how little support and help for you. By then, it will be too late and it was your own undoing. The facts are the facts, Republicans do not care about the working class. It does not matter if you are union or non union. This issue is all just a smoke screen to deceive the public. You never hear how the Republicans give billions and billions of dollars in tax breaks so that you and I have to pay in our taxes to make up the difference.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      Yes, but unfortunately they are bringing the rest of us down with them. And to read all these "ha ha", calling hard working, middle-class people lazy and thugs just makes me wonder how (if) people think sometimes... I think perhaps they should be required to march down to their childrens' schools and call the teacher a free-loading slob to her/his face.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SalSal Gamboni

    That's what happens when you bring a knife to a gun fight.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LovesAmericans

    Hey leeches!!!
    nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah
    hey hey hey, good bye!!!!
    LOL!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      They are not leaches - they are hard working people, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    So now CNN finally reports something about the protests! Shame on you. Egypt got more coverage.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DT

      The middle east has real problems.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Public employees shouldn't be unionized - they can already bargain 'collectively' by voting in officials. Paying tax money to unionized public employees who use unions to lobby the government is a conflict of interest. There is already a check and balance in place, while there isnt one in the private sector, where unions are justified.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny_b

      Collectively voting in officials? So would you think its fair to negotiate your teacher's salary and benefits with elected officials? When you don't control the outcome. That's the dumbest thing I've read.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Garyd2

    What do you expect from a bunch of sorryassed republicans? You can always recall walker and get rid of him in a new election, make a door greeter out of him at wal-mart, show him who is boss. Then undo his damage.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nordeezy

    Yes Yes Dems, come now and spew the hate, the outrage! But don't forget to show up! HAH!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Inhande

      You are pathetic.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spectre

      HAAAAAhahahaaha. HA. haha.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kenny_b

    Welcome to a well deserved teacher's strike Wisconsin taxpayers. Your govenor is a straight up crook.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdm0828

      they are ranked 44th in education, they wont be missed! Non-union jobless people will be happy to fill their lousy shoes...you libs crack me up

      March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mobi

      Yup the illegal strike. Teachers are not allowed to strike but they seem to be getting away with fraud right now with all of those fake doctor notes.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • oopru

      kenny: "Welcome to a well deserved teacher's strike Wisconsin taxpayers. Your govenor is a straight up crook."

      A straight up crook, eh? Last I checked, it was the unions that generally refuse to take any cuts in pay, pension benefits, time off, etc. All of which, in this case, come out of the taxpayer's pockets.

      Who are the real crooks, again?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      kdm0828: What exactly do they rank 44th in? Wisconsin ranks #1 in the country in high school graduation rate.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsin Citizen for Walker

      Stay out of "our" politics....we finally have a Governor who will stand up to the Unions, unlike the puppet "dopey doyle". I'm thrilled he's busted the unions, now we'll have qualified teachers who aren't just showing up to collect a $80,000+ paycheck because they have tenure.....

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      WI is 8th, not 44th.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Walker cares more about the taxpayer than the unions. That is a good thing. If the teachers strike, they should all be fired, just like the air traffic controllers in 1980. If teachers have it so bad, they can quit and get a real job. How about working in a factory for $9.00 and NO benefits??

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TPow618

      Actually Wisconsin teachers are ranked 3rd in the nation you stupid conservatard, get your facts right.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • barcie

      @ kdm0828 Wisconsin does not rank 44th in education. You folks who make up stuff out of whole cloth crack the rest of us up. Next?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      I just heard Wisconsin Senator Larson say the Republican move was an affront to democracy. I wonder what he thinks the cowardly behavior he along with his Dem accomplices exhibited by sneaking away to Illinois rather than staying and doing the jobs for which they were being paid? What a hypocrite! Also, I have just heard a firefighter express his dismay with the Repub's. I am dismayed by the thuggish behavior of the weirdos and union goons who took over the capitol building. Quit whining and do your jobs. You are all going to find out if you do you jobs you will be fine. If you are insecure you must have some real problems. I don't think all of the protesters in Madison make up a majority of the taxpayers like the union speakers want you to believe.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Mike, when I was looking at state jobs, the starting pay was $12.00 an hour, and it was less money than the $41k job I had just been laid off from. $12.00 is not much more than $9, even if that is a realistic number. Oh yeah, by the way, if that person had the education to work at a job that made more than $9 an hour, they probably wouldn't work at that job. Comparing a teacher or a police officer to a factory worker is silly.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • anan

      I have the money to send me kids to private school. I'd hate for them to be doomed to the public school system now. If I had more money I'd invest in a private jail – people making below 50k will need somewhere to go when they eventually resort to crime for basic needs – private jails are a great investment and with the way things are going they can be run dirt cheap because there will be no regulation!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ender

      Oh yes. Fire all all teachers when they strike and you,ll have nothing but sit in babysitters for your children and the teachers who are so poor at the job they can,t get a job elsewhere.

      And again you republicans screw over your children.

      Well its just good thing Walker was smart enough not to attack the police because with your children growing up undereducated you'll need them.

      And you think this is about union graft? Please. This was and is about breaking the unions so corporations can fire indiscriminately. If you think this will end with your soon to be failing educational system than you are naive indeed.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teachers and unions should be held accountable

      I don't understand the mentality here. Why shouldn't the best teachers teach or a least the ones that make the grade. The union mentality is that once your in, your untouchable. Or when they turn 55 they can retire with full pay when the retirement age for most other hard working people is 67. Raise the retirement age to 65 and make teachers accountable. Unions should be there to support their members not bankrupt their employers at taxpayer expense.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kdm0828

    just the beginning, keep rolling these corrupt union money grubbing thiefs down

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayland Yan

      You're a fool, you're calling unions that represent teachers, sanitation workers, policemen, and firefighters thieves? What about the corporate CEOs of companies that are still getting paychecks that surpass what 100 teachers make in a year despite taking billions in taxpayer bailout money. What do you call them?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      You are so naive. I belong to a union and we also in the last couple years took on more of a percentage of our benefits. Unlike the state, we didn't lose our bargaining rights. If you had ever paid real attention to what was going on in Wisconsin, you'd know that they were not debating paying more and earning less.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Wayland, I call them criminals. Especially the ones that destroyed their company before leaving with millions.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • oopru

      wayland: "You're a fool, you're calling unions that represent teachers, sanitation workers, policemen, and firefighters thieves? What about the corporate CEOs"

      Right, because two wrongs make a right. CEO's makes a lot of money, therefore teachers can demand whatever pay they want.

      Brilliant argument.

      Product of public education, are you?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mtnjim

      Yeah, because workers need to be sent back to 1890!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I call those CEOs "Effective Negotiators"

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      So you are saying that the Police, Firemen, Teachers and Nurses are just a bunch of lazy bums who do not deserve a union. These WERE not the people who caused the budget defecit in Wisconsin. Getting rid of bargaining rights will have absolutely nothing to do with the budget shortfall and it will have nothing to do with balancing the budget in the future. Their argument is full of holes. Scott Fitzgerald basicaly said on False News that by stripping down the unions will put a crimp in funding for the Democrats including President Obama. All they are doing is union busting, but they will be the ones who will be busted out of a job soon. THis is just ridiculous and the people of Wisconsin will not stand for it.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chandler02

    Walker's approval ratings in the state have tanked. The middle class now sees that he is against the middle class but stands up for corporations (which he gave a huge tax cut to despite describing the state as "broke"). The GOP is NOT a champion for 97% of Americans!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      How do they keep getting elected, then?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • May

      Can we ever figure out that without business, there are no jobs, there is no middle class? Of course there has to be help for corporations, because ultimately corporations employee people who are mainly the middle class.
      Oh boy, what grief we suffer when no one knows how to respect another. Employers need to respect the employee, just as surly as the employee needs to respect the employer, neither can survive without the other. Can we all just
      figure that one out?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsin Citizen for Walker

      I hope he does give corporations a tax break....they'll bring jobs here!! PERFECT....tell me how many "poor" people have you gotten a job from?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ac

      They get elected because they convince ultra religious, gun slinging, pro-life, conservatives that if they elect a democrat that person will take their guns, destroy their religion, go abortion crazy, and let the liberals take over. You fall for it, vote the Republicans in. Then when all your jobs are gone you blame the unions. The unions are the reason non-union gets paid anything more than minimum wage, medical benefits, 40 hour work weeks, or any other benefits you may enjoy. The only reason non-union employers offer these benefits is to compete with the unions for your skills. You want to go back to the days when if you stood up for your rights and got, not only yourself but your family threatened or worse then sure, do away with the unions. If you don't believe me just wait and see, instead of things getting better, things will get worse because without unions, no one is there to fight for the individual. I don't know about you but even with my union wages, that people gave their lives for, I still can't afford a lawyer that will be able to fight these big corporations when things go wrong. I will be the first to say that not all unions are good, but a union is what it's membership makes it. My mother is a teacher in a impoverished area where the parents are crack addicts, gang bangers, and other unsavory types. She has to not only try and educate these kids but try and keep them from getting into trouble while she hears gunshot, or has rocks throne at her when she drives into work everyday. Meanwhile when I was a kid she had to bring me to work with her because her and my father, who is also in the union, couldn't afford child care. Just because we're in the union doesn't mean we have the world handed to us. We have to worry about being unemployed just like you. I, currently, am collecting unemployment. My brother hasn't had a job in two years, no longer has any unemployment left, and is the single father of three kids. Now I'm not asking for putty, I'm simply saying unions are made by normal people who have the same problems as you. The reason we have no jobs in this country is because people went from wanting and taking pride in "American made" to selling out to the lowest bidder. You want your jobs back stop buying things from Wal-Mart and take some pride in your country.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wayland Yan

    The fools, Republican right wing tea partiers, the ones who got us into this financial mess are now telling us they need to take charge and fix it? People need to wake up and start smelling the coffee!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Thank goodness that they have! Things will begin to get better. What a bunch of union whiners we have in Wisconsin!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    Sounds good to me. Because of their actions, the GOP keeps losing followers and making everyone a democrat. A third of union members used to be republican. The DNC thanks you.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Small correction: 47% of WI union workers currently vote Republican. Regardless, leadership is doing the right thing even when it is unpopular.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Chris Unions had already agreed to the money part and benefit part. What could pay off any part of Wisconsins money deficit with stripping the bargaining rights?

      March 10, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
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